Deneh’Cho Thompson


First time at the Blyth Festival.

Deneh’Cho Thompson is a Dene director, actor and playwright and displaced and dispossessed member of the Pehdzeh ki Nation. An Assistant Professor in the Department of Drama at the University of Saskatchewan, he oversees the wîcêhtowin Theatre Program, one of the few Indigenous theatre programs housed in a Canadian university.

Deneh’Cho’s research focuses on the development, naming and centering of Indigenous acting pedagogy and Indigenous dramaturgies.

Deneh’Cho is also engaged in the (re)storying of personal family archives focusing on healing, resilience and Indigenous artwork (Archibald, 2008) as a pathway towards the creation of new works of theatre.

His artistic focuses on new play development and Indigenous collaborations while centering the values of reciprocity, respect and reflexivity. Deneh’Cho’s acting credits include the world premieres of Fruitcake by Heather Morrison with production dramaturgy by Claire Herem, Iron Peggy by Marie Clements, REDPATCH by Sean Oliver Harris and Reas Calvert, and Thanks for the Giving by Kevin Loring.